Athlete Spotlight: Dennis L.

Athlete Spotlight: Dennis L.

Hometown: Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio


Age: 66


Profession: Owner of Leipold Tire Co. ( semi -retired )

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I started running in 1995 . I have completed 10 Half Marathons with a P.R. of 1:58

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? My wife and I are snowbirds in Naples February thru the first of May. She found very strong online reviews on CrossFit Naples in 2018. We visited the gym and were impressed by Mario’s energy and enthusiasm. The option of training in The Masters Class sealed the deal!

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? The first workout was a mix of kettlebell swings , body weight training, and stretching. I realized that I was not in shape.

Favorite CF Movements: Cardio and Weights

Least Favorite Movements: Squats ! (My left knee  cartilage is nearly gone )

Favorite Cheat Meal: Publix Chocolate Ice Cream

Favorite Healthy Meal : Salmon with broccoli

What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?  I am a committed Follower of Christ .

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)?   Better fitness , weight loss and closing in on my ideal BMI .

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit?   In addition to training and learning many new routines in Masters Class , I am receiving personal training from Mario. He has taught me POSE Running style which has revolutionized my running skills , proper Squats and Step-up forms to minimize knee pain and strengthen my lower body.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? CrossFit requires commitment. The hardest part is battling excuses to stay home . The best part is the feeling after finishing each session !

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? Our home is one mile from The Cuyahoga  Valley National Park , I regularly run the most incredibly beautiful trails you could imagine. I refer to the Park as “ My Church “  where I get the rush of running , breathing ,smelling and seeing all of God’s creation !